Monday, July 5, 2010

"Bikpela Kus"

On a recent village clinic to do well-child check-ups, one of the most
common complainst we heard was that their child had a "bikpela kus".
(Strong cold). Respiratory illnesses like pneumonia/bronchiolitis are very
common,(PNG'eans are around fire and smoke a lot - they sit around fires,
cook over fires, and burn in their gardens).However on this occasional only
one child required antibiotics for a possible mild pneumonia. We weigh the
babies and chart growth and development. Other things we can treat for
while on a village clinic is malaria,skin infections, and eye infections and